I was torn about whether or not Disco Elysium: The Final Ending would be a reasonable proposition for being one of the best games of the year. However, in my mind, the experience present in the final version of this ZA/UN special RPG is well worth having here.
This largely stems from what must have been the enormous task of adding voice acting to the entire cast. I’m not one to shy away from reading much, but the charisma of the VO cast really keeps you completely absorbed in what’s happening at any given moment. Special thanks to Mikee W Goodman, whose performance with a wide and uncanny array of characters to me was particularly compelling after my first playthrough. Not just the creepy voices inside the main character’s head! I’m talking specifically about one of the game’s older characters that I wouldn’t dare spoil.
This compliments an already incredible project from ZA/UN. The intrinsic artistry of Kaspar Tamsalu and Aleksander Rostov portrays a impoverished city rife with scars of conflict, and the arrest of a police detective is equally ruined by chance surrounding it. Special mention to Anton Vill, who paints an unsettling and terrifying otherworldly mindset for the game.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is one of those games that stays in your head long after you beat it. You’ll wash your face at night and wonder, “What’s in that storage bin?” or “Is there really a move more powerful than shooting yourself in the head?” It sticks to you, like PVA glue. You’ll find small scratches underneath the nail after you think you’ve cleaned it.
It has to do with some heavier themes, but if you’re happy to accept the occasional and completely intentional annoyance the game takes you through, I promise you it’s an incredibly emotional experience. motion. It’s also a little art, so you can talk to all your friends about it and sound pretentious if that’s your thing!
Legend of Runeterra
I remember first picking up Legends of Runeterra when it first came out and not thinking too much about it. It’s fine, an adaptation of the once wildly popular League of Legends wrecker, but it doesn’t really excite me. Going back in recent months has revealed that although I’ve tried to skip this digital card game, it’s slowly morphed into one of my favorite time-honored vampires.
Of course, the obvious additions, such as now with more cards and seasonal battles, are of course great. But there are also alternative game modes like the all-new Path of Champion, which adds a lot of extra content for you to read through. You don’t have to develop a love of fighting other players to get something out of Legends of Runeterra.
It is also one of the best looking online card games out there in terms of giving you free stuff. It’s only a matter of time before you can build any deck you want, which allows you to go back and forth in a seamless process without anything too frustrating happening and messing up. everything.
Guilty Gear Strive
This game stands out as one of my favorite games of 2021 due to it injecting some fun into a genre that is struggling during COVID and lockdown. Many fighting games out there, your Tekkens and Street Fighters, suffer from raw netcode that makes playing online complicated. Guilty Gear Strive has a great netcode and is a super fun fighter to boot!
It’s a high-damage, fast-paced, super-cinematic fighter developed by Arc System Works. Even if you’re not a connoisseur, it’s well worth picking up due to its purportedly low barriers to entry, with plenty of depth to grow and get better. It also helps it look gorgeous, real Imperial Mint levels of eye candy here.
It ignited my passion for the genre during a time when I struggled to justify investing any time in it. I even traveled to Ireland for a tournament last month where I was attacked by strangers. But losing to strangers and getting drunk is what these types of games are all about, so thanks to Guilty Gear Strive for allowing me to do it again.
The Genshin effect
As the writer of the new VG247 live service game, I should also mention that I really had a good time with MiHoYo Genshin Impact’s Gaccha nightmare game! Those with a keen eye may notice that my character’s name is “Who Cares” in the screenshot. That’s because when I first picked it up, I thought Genshin was a lame game for losers.
Over time, it grew on me. In 2021, with the release of Inazuma and a huge step forward in the game’s story, I find myself really having a blast going through the game and navigating my way through all the new content. For those who want to play a really fun team-based action RPG, Genshin is a good choice even now. Don’t go and blow away thousands of digital boyfriends, man.
For more of our picks for the best games of the year, check out GOTY 2021 archive page.
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